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Study finds Highway 101 one of the nation's most dangerous roads during summertime

Report shows only I-5 had more deaths from 2015-17

Study finds Highway 101 one of the nations most dangerous roads during summertime

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A recent study shows Highway 101 is one of the most dangerous roadways in the nation during the busy summer travel season.

The research was conducted by, which pulled statistics from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

It found during the time period between May and September in 2015 through 2017, there were 139 fatalities on Highway 101 throughout California.

The number only trailed Interstate 5, which had 192 deaths during the same period.

Third on the list is State Route 99, which had 110 deaths.

Overall, Highway 101 was the sixth deadliest in the nation, trailing only I-5, plus two roadways in Texas and two others in Florida.

The study listed several key findings.

Not surprisingly, it found more populated states had greater traffic fatalities, including California, Texas and Florida.

The data also showed states with higher speed limits, such as Texas, had greater number of traffic fatalities.

The study also found more traffic deaths occur between Friday and Sunday.

The deadliest time period was on Sunday at 2 a.m.

For more information on the study, visit

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